Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday said he would carry members of the opposition along in the appointment of chairmen of standing committees of the House.
This position runs counter to the stand of the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that the party should not spare the chairmanship of any legislative committee for the opposition.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Speaker urged Nigerians to wait and see how the ninth National Assembly would make the difference both in its internal and external relations.
He said, “Stay tune, you’ve heard my inaugural speech, we are going to do things differently, we are going to build on whatever the achievements are of the eight assembly, and it’s going to be a reformed house. Like I have said, the reform will be fished out in piece meal so as not to shock the system. But they will be reforms that will be for the benefit of the country. We expect the cooperation of all facets of government, including the executive and you – the journalists and including our constituents.
“The committees would be unfolded in the next few weeks and you will see how we intend to carry them along . I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag but you can be assured they would be carried along.”
He said his meeting with Osinbajo was official, adding that they discussed on the various measures that should be taken to move the nation and its economy forward.
“It’s official and any meeting with the Vice President is relevant. It is about the economy and how to move the country forward, charting a road map about how to confront the problems that are facing Nigeria today. So these were the issues we discussed. It wasn’t a personal meeting but you can call it a hybrid – between the personal and official but mostly it’s official. How the executive and the legislature can collaborate to make life better for Nigeria and Nigerians,” Gbajabiamila said.